Primary offer day – 97% offered school of their choice

A record number, 97% of Kent children will be offered one of their preferred primary schools on Primary offer day 18 April. This is the highest recorded percentage achieved since coordinated primary admissions began.

16,855 children will receive a school of their preference with 15,429 being offered their first preference school, nearly a 2% improvement on 2016’s first preference figures.

Only 2.56% of applicants were unable to be offered a school of their preference, a reduction of 162 from 2016 to 444. Of those 444 who were not offered one of their preferred schools, nearly half failed to make use of all available preferences, limiting Kent’s ability to offer them a preferred school.

Patrick Leeson, Corporate Director of Education and Young People’s Services

Patrick Leeson KCC’s Corporate Director of Children, Young People and Education, said: “Kent continues to offer parents a wide selection of exceptional schools, with 91% of primary schools  rated as good or outstanding according to inspectors from Ofsted. This allows parents to confidently name schools in their area, which has led to these record breaking figures.

“The combination of close working with schools and careful planning means Kent is able to sustain a high proportion of children starting at one of their preferred schools.

“Unfortunately, each year a small minority of pupils are not offered a school of their choice. We do encourage families to use all the preferences available to them so that they have a better chance of securing a preferred school. The County Council will offer each of these children an alternative school. Many will go on to secure places of their preference through waiting lists and reallocation, and I would like to reassure parents that a specialist Kent County Council team is on hand to help them make the most of the options available to them.”

Parents who applied online will receive an email after 4pm today (Tuesday 18 April), indicating which school they have been offered; the timing of the email will depend on the email service provider.

Parents can also log in after 5pm to view the offer online. Those who applied by post will be sent notification by first class post today (Tuesday 18 April).

Parents can accept their school place offers or seek alternatives via the reallocation process if they are not happy with their allocation.

Spaces remain in schools around Kent as a direct result of measures taken by the council to manage capacity in line with demand.

For more information on how to join a waiting list and/or appeal go to or phone the admissions team on 0300 412121.


Offers to Kent Pupils 2017 2016
No. of pupils % No. of pupils %
Offered a school named on the application form 16,855 97.44% 17,400 96.63%
Offered a first preference 15,429 89.04% 15,705 87.22%
Offered a second preference 1,077 6.21% 1,229 6.83%
Offered a third preference 379 2.19% 466 2.58%
Allocated by local authority 444 2.56% 606 3.37%
Total number of offers 17,329 18,006


Primary offer day – 97% offered school of their choice was last modified: April 18th, 2017 by KCC press office